Teaching With Technology

Instructional Technologies: Effects on Learning and Teaching

Computer technologies offer instructors opportunities to enhance the teaching and learning experiences for their students and themselves.  For example, they can assist instructors in designing learner-centered activities.

  • Instructional technologies expand opportunities for active learning.
    • Students use technology (e.g., Internet, statistical databases, computer- based music) as a tool to gather information.
    • Computer simulations help students develop and practice research skills in simulated lab settings.
    • Simulations help students grasp difficult abstract concepts by allowing them to manipulate data or designs and thus instantly seeing resulting changes. The students also receive immediate feedback about their performance.
  • Instructional technologies shift the focus from whole-class instruction to small group instruction.
    • When students work with computers, they progress at different rates. Thus, instructors need to interact more frequently with individual students or groups of students to assist them.
  • Instructional technologies facilitate a collaborative rather than competitive learning environment.
    • Collaboration is encouraged when students have access to extensive databases and share their work through networked communications, such as electronic mail, computer conferencing, newsgroups.

From Menges, R.J. Teaching in the age of electronic information. In W.J. McKeachie, ed. Teaching Tips (9th edition). Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath & Co., 1994
Note: The publication is available for loan from the CTAL Library in 212 Gore Hall.

Resources

Academic Technology Services

Educause

Digital Learners in Higher Education

Student Multimedia Design Center
Designed to foster collaboration, this state-of-the-art multimedia facility is open to University of Delaware students, faculty, and staff, and offers a variety of audio and video equipment for checkout.

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